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GIMME FIVE: Things You Should Remember About Bill Cosby (Besides the Drugging and the Raping)

Before Bill Cosby’s once illustrious career melts away like a pudding pop left out on a hot summer day, and before you go blaming comedian Hannibal Buress for stirring all of this mess up and causing the meltdown, just remember these five things:   1 – Cosby objects to poor black people Remember when Bill Cosby derided poor black people during a 2004 speech in Washington D.C. to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Brown v. Board of Education? Well, if he hadn’t made all of those highly critical unproductive generalizations about “lower and lower
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GIMME FIVE: Reasons To Love “How To Get Away With Murder”

There are so many reasons to love Shonda Rhimes latest hit drama on television, but these are Blindie’s top five! 1 – Billy Brown – He’s got the body of a boxer and the voice of a Marine! Seriously, he’s the voice from the Marines commercial. Before going downtown on Viola Davis in the first episode of “How To Get Away With Murder,” Mr. Brown starred in the psychotic series “Dexter,” the short-lived “Hostages,” and  “Sons of Anarchy,” among other shows. Bonus Points: He voices characters in numerous video games – “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” “Full Spectrum Warrior,”
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GIMME FIVE: The Stylish Women of the Barack Obama White House via Vogue

barack-obama-mensvogue-june-2008 The Obamas have covered hundreds of magazines, but the one publication that has stuck by Barack Obama throughout his political rise is Vogue. And while we love our President and the saturated coverage surrounding his claim to power, it's the women behind his White House that we're really intrigued with. Here are the Top 5 Vogue features on the stylish and strong women of the Obama administration: michelle-obama-vogue-sept-2007 1. Michelle Obama in September 2007: In its first feature on the would-be First Lady, Vogue dubbed the "truth-telling," outspoken Michelle Obama "The Natural." Unlike most campaign wives, Michelle didn't shy away from her independence as a person: "Work is rewarding. I love losing myself in a set of problems that have nothing to do with my husband and children. Once you've tasted that, it's hard to walk away." valerie-jarrett-vogue-oct-2008 2. Valerie Jarrett in October 2008: As senior adviser to Obama, Jarrett took center stage in Vogue, being dubbed "Barack's Rock". The Chicago businesswoman said of the couple: "Barack's mom was on food stamps for a while...Michelle's father was a blue-collar worker...And yet Barack and Michelle went to the best schools in the country! And instead of pursuing the corner office at a big law firm, they both devoted their lives to public service!" jill-biden-vogue-nov-2008 3. Jill Biden in November 2008: The mother of three, college professor and dedicated politician's wife posed with the women of the Biden family. "When I first gave her a hug," Michelle Obama said of the now-VP's wife, "I could feel that she was, like, real people. You know? You can sort of tell. She was sweet, down-to-earth and very open and honest, and I liked her right away. And now I just love her to death." desiree-rogers-in-vogue-feb-2009 4. Desiree Rogers in February 2009: Ringing a new era to the White House, the President's new Social Secretary made headlines for her impeccable taste: "[My purpose] is helping people visualize what the Obama presidency is about, the feelings Americans voted for—inclusion, transparency, embracing people you might never otherwise learn about—and also translating the splendor, that sweetness, that comfort of the White House to everyone." michele-obama-in-vogue-march-20091 5. Michelle Obama in March 2009: The cover read "The First Lady The World's Been Waiting For" but she rather be called "mom in chief." But no mom could deny her fashion icon status: "I'm not going to pretend that I don't care about it. But I also have to be very practical. In the end, someone will always not like what you wear - people just have different tastes."
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GIMME FIVE: Tyra Banks’ Big Political Guests (Who Says Jay Leno Gets All the Scoop!)

tyra-banks-michelle-obama-photo Sure, Jay Leno became the first Late Night host to get a sitting president to visit his show last night, but Tyra Banks is the first Day Time host to get campaigning candidates to do some pretty idiotic things on The Tyra Show. So in tribute to Tyra's political side, Blindie pays homage to Miss Banks' Top 5 political guests: tyra-barack-obama-tyra-show 1. Sen. Barack Obama: In October 2007, the presidential hopeful was asked by Tyra to gaze into her crystal ball and tell her what he sees. "I see the White House," he replied, before revealing that his girls Malia & Sasha don't approve of the Hilton sisters! tyra-hillary-clinton-tyra-show-tissue 2. Sen. Hillary Clinton: In January 2008, Tyra asked the New York senator to answer questions printed on tissues (in reference to her crying on the campaign trail). One question was about Bill's affair with Monica. “I never doubted Bill’s love for me ever," she told Tyra, "and I never doubted my faith and my commitment to our daughter and our extended family.” tyra-john-edwards-wendys 3. John Edwards: In January 2008, the now-philanderous Edwards explained to Tyra how he and his wife Elizabeth eat at Wendy's every year on their anniversary--and Tyra made sure he shared Wendy’s with her on her show. tyra-mike-huckabee-tyra-show-guitar 4. Mike Huckabee: In February 2008, the former Arkansas governor gave Tyra bass guitar lessons. "I'm so pumped about being here." But of course Tyra had to make it about her: "I took guitar before ... well for two months but I remember nothin. My fingers used to hurt really bad when I played guitar. I stopped because of it." tyra-banks-inauguration-tyra-show 5. Inauguration Obama Cutouts: In January 2009, Tyra couldn't get her former guest on the show--now that he was running the country and all--so she settled for the next best thing: cardboard cutouts of the first family during President Barack Obama's Inauguration!
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GIMME FIVE: Blindie’s Favorite Vogue Covers Starring Influential Black Women

beyoncevogueapril2009 With another influential black beauty (Beyonce Knowles on April 2009 Shape Issue) landing a cover of Vogue, Blindie compiled a list of our favorite Vogue covers featuring phenomenal black women: oprah-vogue-cover-october1998 1. Oprah Winfrey: Although she famously was told to lose weight for her October 1998 cover of Vogue, the world's first black billionaire was hailed as a burgeoning movie star with her love project, the screen adaptation of Toni Morrison's Beloved. liya-kebede-vogue-cover-may-2005 2. Liya Kebede: The humanitarian supermodel and the first black face of Estee Lauder landed her first and only solo cover of Vogue in May 2005. But the model didn't only model in the issue, she discussed her work on behalf of children around the world, "Cover Model with a Cause!" beverly-johnson-vogue-cover-1974 3. Beverly Johnson: The modeling legend broke the mold in August 1974 when she became the first black woman to land on the cover of Vogue. The magazine dubbed her beauty, "The Today Look." michelle-obama-vogue-cover-march2009 4. Michelle Obama: Vogue dubbed the effortlessly fit and fashionable Michelle O. "The First Lady the World's Been Waiting For" on their March 2009 cover--and we couldn't agree anymore! jennifer-hudson-vogue-cover-march2007 5. Jennifer Hudson: On the eve of her Oscar win, the Dreamgirls star and American Idol reject took her curves to Vogue's Power Issue in March 2007. "To embrace Jennifer's success and give her a cover that is absolutely historical and unique in the 115-year history of Vogue Magazine," Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley said.
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GIMME FIVE: Things You Should Remember About Bill Cosby (Besides the Drugging and the Raping)

Before Bill Cosby’s once illustrious career melts away like a pudding pop left out on a hot summer day, and before you go blaming comedian Hannibal Buress for stirring all of this mess up and causing the meltdown, just remember these five things:   1 – Cosby objects to poor black people Remember when Bill Cosby derided poor black people during a 2004 speech in Washington D.C. to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Brown v. Board of Education? Well, if he hadn’t made all of those highly critical unproductive generalizations about “lower and lower
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GIMME FIVE: Reasons To Love “How To Get Away With Murder”

There are so many reasons to love Shonda Rhimes latest hit drama on television, but these are Blindie’s top five! 1 – Billy Brown – He’s got the body of a boxer and the voice of a Marine! Seriously, he’s the voice from the Marines commercial. Before going downtown on Viola Davis in the first episode of “How To Get Away With Murder,” Mr. Brown starred in the psychotic series “Dexter,” the short-lived “Hostages,” and  “Sons of Anarchy,” among other shows. Bonus Points: He voices characters in numerous video games – “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” “Full Spectrum Warrior,”
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GIMME FIVE: The Stylish Women of the Barack Obama White House via Vogue

barack-obama-mensvogue-june-2008 The Obamas have covered hundreds of magazines, but the one publication that has stuck by Barack Obama throughout his political rise is Vogue. And while we love our President and the saturated coverage surrounding his claim to power, it's the women behind his White House that we're really intrigued with. Here are the Top 5 Vogue features on the stylish and strong women of the Obama administration: michelle-obama-vogue-sept-2007 1. Michelle Obama in September 2007: In its first feature on the would-be First Lady, Vogue dubbed the "truth-telling," outspoken Michelle Obama "The Natural." Unlike most campaign wives, Michelle didn't shy away from her independence as a person: "Work is rewarding. I love losing myself in a set of problems that have nothing to do with my husband and children. Once you've tasted that, it's hard to walk away." valerie-jarrett-vogue-oct-2008 2. Valerie Jarrett in October 2008: As senior adviser to Obama, Jarrett took center stage in Vogue, being dubbed "Barack's Rock". The Chicago businesswoman said of the couple: "Barack's mom was on food stamps for a while...Michelle's father was a blue-collar worker...And yet Barack and Michelle went to the best schools in the country! And instead of pursuing the corner office at a big law firm, they both devoted their lives to public service!" jill-biden-vogue-nov-2008 3. Jill Biden in November 2008: The mother of three, college professor and dedicated politician's wife posed with the women of the Biden family. "When I first gave her a hug," Michelle Obama said of the now-VP's wife, "I could feel that she was, like, real people. You know? You can sort of tell. She was sweet, down-to-earth and very open and honest, and I liked her right away. And now I just love her to death." desiree-rogers-in-vogue-feb-2009 4. Desiree Rogers in February 2009: Ringing a new era to the White House, the President's new Social Secretary made headlines for her impeccable taste: "[My purpose] is helping people visualize what the Obama presidency is about, the feelings Americans voted for—inclusion, transparency, embracing people you might never otherwise learn about—and also translating the splendor, that sweetness, that comfort of the White House to everyone." michele-obama-in-vogue-march-20091 5. Michelle Obama in March 2009: The cover read "The First Lady The World's Been Waiting For" but she rather be called "mom in chief." But no mom could deny her fashion icon status: "I'm not going to pretend that I don't care about it. But I also have to be very practical. In the end, someone will always not like what you wear - people just have different tastes."
Read More

GIMME FIVE: Tyra Banks’ Big Political Guests (Who Says Jay Leno Gets All the Scoop!)

tyra-banks-michelle-obama-photo Sure, Jay Leno became the first Late Night host to get a sitting president to visit his show last night, but Tyra Banks is the first Day Time host to get campaigning candidates to do some pretty idiotic things on The Tyra Show. So in tribute to Tyra's political side, Blindie pays homage to Miss Banks' Top 5 political guests: tyra-barack-obama-tyra-show 1. Sen. Barack Obama: In October 2007, the presidential hopeful was asked by Tyra to gaze into her crystal ball and tell her what he sees. "I see the White House," he replied, before revealing that his girls Malia & Sasha don't approve of the Hilton sisters! tyra-hillary-clinton-tyra-show-tissue 2. Sen. Hillary Clinton: In January 2008, Tyra asked the New York senator to answer questions printed on tissues (in reference to her crying on the campaign trail). One question was about Bill's affair with Monica. “I never doubted Bill’s love for me ever," she told Tyra, "and I never doubted my faith and my commitment to our daughter and our extended family.” tyra-john-edwards-wendys 3. John Edwards: In January 2008, the now-philanderous Edwards explained to Tyra how he and his wife Elizabeth eat at Wendy's every year on their anniversary--and Tyra made sure he shared Wendy’s with her on her show. tyra-mike-huckabee-tyra-show-guitar 4. Mike Huckabee: In February 2008, the former Arkansas governor gave Tyra bass guitar lessons. "I'm so pumped about being here." But of course Tyra had to make it about her: "I took guitar before ... well for two months but I remember nothin. My fingers used to hurt really bad when I played guitar. I stopped because of it." tyra-banks-inauguration-tyra-show 5. Inauguration Obama Cutouts: In January 2009, Tyra couldn't get her former guest on the show--now that he was running the country and all--so she settled for the next best thing: cardboard cutouts of the first family during President Barack Obama's Inauguration!
Read More

GIMME FIVE: Blindie’s Favorite Vogue Covers Starring Influential Black Women

beyoncevogueapril2009 With another influential black beauty (Beyonce Knowles on April 2009 Shape Issue) landing a cover of Vogue, Blindie compiled a list of our favorite Vogue covers featuring phenomenal black women: oprah-vogue-cover-october1998 1. Oprah Winfrey: Although she famously was told to lose weight for her October 1998 cover of Vogue, the world's first black billionaire was hailed as a burgeoning movie star with her love project, the screen adaptation of Toni Morrison's Beloved. liya-kebede-vogue-cover-may-2005 2. Liya Kebede: The humanitarian supermodel and the first black face of Estee Lauder landed her first and only solo cover of Vogue in May 2005. But the model didn't only model in the issue, she discussed her work on behalf of children around the world, "Cover Model with a Cause!" beverly-johnson-vogue-cover-1974 3. Beverly Johnson: The modeling legend broke the mold in August 1974 when she became the first black woman to land on the cover of Vogue. The magazine dubbed her beauty, "The Today Look." michelle-obama-vogue-cover-march2009 4. Michelle Obama: Vogue dubbed the effortlessly fit and fashionable Michelle O. "The First Lady the World's Been Waiting For" on their March 2009 cover--and we couldn't agree anymore! jennifer-hudson-vogue-cover-march2007 5. Jennifer Hudson: On the eve of her Oscar win, the Dreamgirls star and American Idol reject took her curves to Vogue's Power Issue in March 2007. "To embrace Jennifer's success and give her a cover that is absolutely historical and unique in the 115-year history of Vogue Magazine," Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley said.
Read More